By: Sean Cross
“I gave it my all,” Shakur Stevenson tweeted Thursday afternoon. He came in 1.6 pounds overweight just minutes before the weigh-in for his scheduled Friday night fight against Robson Conceicao, who himself made weight easily. “I’ve put on weight my whole professional career, but my body just can’t handle 130 anymore,” Stevenson continued. My health must come first. I’m going to 135 next fight.” After initially weighing it down at the Newark Prudential Center, Stevenson had no trouble getting back on the scale, as is often the case in such situations. Two hours are given to reduce the necessary weight. If Stevenson refuses to do so, he will lose his WBO and WBC junior heavyweight titles.
Needless to say, the look may not be good for undefeated 18-0 Stevenson. Friday night’s battle is about to go down in the city of Newark. Coming home is a big deal in boxing, even if his undefeated roster (or so he says) is now fighting out of Houston. Stevenson can now fight on Saturday without his belts to defend. If that’s the case, however, Conceicao still has a chance to make the belts his own on Friday, as he bested Stevenson — something the 17-1 Brazilian fighter shouldn’t do.
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